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Can European Leaders Curb the Death Toll on the...04/24/15
Faced with a stream of migrants from Africa and the Middle East, European leaders want to reduce human trafficking and end the spectacle of deadly shipwrecks in the Mediterranean Sea. But controversies over immigration in EU countries make that easier...
A Deadly Mistake?and a Presidential Apology
President Obama revealed today that CIA drones accidentally killed an American and an Italian being held hostage by al Qaeda in Pakistan. It's the first public acknowledgement of its kind, raising new questions about the drone program and US...
Democrats Divided: Trade Deal Pits Obama against His Own...
Last night, President Obama insisted that he's a champion of the middle class, calling Senator Elizabeth Warren, environmentalists and organized labor flat out ?wrong? for opposing his trade deal with 11 other nations. We hear from defenders of the...
Boston Bomber Has Put the Death Penalty Back on Trial
The State of Massachusetts has abolished capital punishment? but the Boston Marathon bomber was convicted in federal court. Nobody doubts Jahar Tsarnaev was guilty, and the "penalty phase" makes execution an option -- even though Bostonians are...
What's the Real Cost of Gun Violence in America?
There are 300 million privately owned guns in the United States. Advocates argue that it's people with guns, not guns themselves, that cause violence. But how much does that violence cost, and when guns are used for self-defense, how much do they save?
Is Animal Liberation Going Mainstream?
Americans are becoming aware that animals have intelligence, personalities and rich emotional lives. Accusations of mistreating killer whales and elephants have Sea World and Ringling Brothers changing their business plans. What about captive wild...
Are the Stakes of Standardized Testing Too High?
Atlanta educators have been sentenced to jail for cheating. New York parents are telling their kids to opt out of standardized testing. Now, education reform is getting a second look in Washington, with a bipartisan re-write of No Child Left Behind.
Cop Culture in the Crosshairs
After a series of videos that have gone viral, law enforcement is on the defensive in parts of America. Long-standing accusations of racial bias and abuse of force have been confirmed for many people, while others are taking them seriously for the...
Can the GOP Avoid Another Circus Primary?
Florida Senator Marco Rubio is just the latest announced candidate for next year's Republican presidential nomination. We hear how his campaign's shaping up against Rand Paul, Ted Cruz ? and nine other possible contenders.
Hillary Rebrands Herself for Another Run
Hillary Clinton's second announcement for President is a low-key contrast to what's described as her "alpha-male style" the first time around. But she's still one of the world's most famous people, hoping to raise a billion dollars between now and...
One Nation under God?but Since When?
American values may be compatible with the Christian Bible?but the Founding Fathers insisted on the separation of church and state. Yet many Americans believe they live in a historically "Christian Nation." We hear about a long-running campaign to...
Is ISIS in Retreat?
The losses of Kobani in Syria and Tikrit in Iraq are being taken as evidence that the so-called Islamic State is in trouble. Its revenue is reportedly drying up, and untrained recruits are replacing experienced soldiers. But ISIS still spreading...
Gay Rights, Religion and Republican Politics
Republicans are fighting among themselves over religious freedom and America's growing tolerance for the rights of gays and lesbians. We hear what that means politically?from new laws in Arkansas and Indiana to next year's presidential campaign.
Stigma, Depression and the Myths of Violence
Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz died with 149 others when he crashed an airliner in the French Alps. His mental condition can never be known, but speculation continues. We'll hear about depression, aggression?and how much reporting should be required for...
"Free-Range Parenting" and the "Nanny State"
Parents who want their kids to be free, independent and responsible are subject to visits from the police and oversight from child protective service agencies. Is "free-range parenting" a form of child endangerment?
A Parched West Struggles to Adapt to the Realities of...
California is adopting water restrictions for the first time? and that's the problem. It's the first time. Four years of drought have created an emergency, but 19th Century laws and 20th Century practices have created a 21st Century crisis, not just...
Will American Tourists Spoil Cuba?
For the first time since the US embargo of 1961, there's now a direct flight from New York to Havana. We hear what the relaxation of diplomatic restrictions will mean for American tourists and for the communist island 90 miles from American shores.
Iran's Nuclear Negotiations Go Down to the Wire
Negotiators in Switzerland are aiming for a political deal on Iran's nuclear program ? enough agreement to allow time for technical details to be worked out by the end of June. We get a progress report.
Multiple Crises in the Middle East as US Influence Declines
With new violence compounding more than decade of instability, the Obama Administration is struggling to keep up with the volatile Middle East. When past US involvement helped to create the current chaos, are there any new politics available to...
Should College Athletes Be Paid?
Boosters of big-time, "amateur" college sports say "student athletes" are getting free educations and possible pro careers, but critics say they are unpaid professionals victimized by academic fraud. Should they be paid?
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